Bethel URC, Chester-le-Street and the foodbank
In Chester-le-Street ve years ago âChurches Togetherâ and the Durham Christian Partnership set up a food bank. The distribution centre was in the Parish Centre and a few of Bethel United Reformed Churchâs members were volunteers giving out food to hungry people.
In 2016, a change of venue was requested to give more space for volunteers to talk to the people who were requesting food. In response to this, Bethel offered use of their upstairs hall, which was rarely used, and now the new distribution centre is located there, and used three times a week. Although they consider themselves to be a small, ageing congregation, they do not let this hold them back from contributing to the local communityâs needs through their strong ecumenical links.